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All the Fuel-Saving Devices that do nothing but rip you off

Updated on August 6, 2008
The US EPA has tested many of the fuel saving devices on the market, and has come to the conclusion that they are all ripoffs!
The US EPA has tested many of the fuel saving devices on the market, and has come to the conclusion that they are all ripoffs!

Perpetual motion machines, fountains of youth, and fuel saving devices all fall into the same category: Opiate for the masses. They are all urban myths and legends with absolutely no basis in reality, yet countless thousands if not millions of motorists spend their hard earned money every year on a mind-boggling array of useless gadgets in the expectation that the hype is indeed true, and that this investment will pay off to minimize their ever expanding fuel budget. The bottom line is that none of these costly and over hyped devices do anything at all but rip off the unsuspecting motorist whether they ride a motorcycle, drive a car, an 18 wheeler or a tractor.

The U.S. E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) has evaluated many of these devices and has come to the conclusion that most of them are not worth a plugged nickel. Absolutely none of them have shown to have any beneficial effects in fuel consumption and many of them can actually diminish performance, drop your MPG, and can even severely damage your engine and drivetrain components. Here are links to some of the EPA's findings for these various rip off devices:

ACDS Automotive Cylinder Deactivation System

Air-Jet Air Bleed

Analube Synthetic Lubricant

Atomized Vapor Injector



AUTOTHERM (circulates coolant for heater)

Ball-Matic Air Bleed

Basko Enginecoat

Baur Condenser

Berg Air Bleed

BIAP Electronic Ignition Unit

Brisko PCV


Dresser Economizer


Econo Needle Air Bleed

Econo-Mist Vacuum Vapor Injection System

El-5 Fuel Additive

Electro-Dyne Superchoke

Emissions and Fuel Economy Effects of Vehicle Exhaust Emission Control Device

Energy Gas Saver

Environmental Fuel Saver

Frantz Vapor Injection System

Fuel Conservation Device

Fuel Economizer

Fuel Max

Fuel Maximiser

Fuelon Power


Gas Meiser I

Gas Saving/Emission Control Improvement


Goodman Engine System, Model 1800

Greer Fuel Pre-heater

Gyroscopic Wheel Cover

Hot Tip

Hydro-Catalyst Pre-Combustion Catalyst System



Jacona Fuel System

Kamei Spoilers

Kat's Engine Heater

Lamkin Fuel Metering Device

Landrum Mini-Carb

Magna Flash Ignition Control System

Malpassi Filter King (fuel pressure)

Mesco Moisture Extraction System

Moleculetor (metallic)

Monocar HC Control Air Bleed

Morse Constant Speed Accessory Drive

NRG #1 Fuel Additive



P.S.C.U. 01 Device

Paser Magnum/Paser 500/Paser 500 HEI

Pass Master Vehicle Air Conditioner



PetroMoly HP Motor Oil

Platinum Gasaver


POLARION X (second evaluation)

Pollution Master Air Bleed



Rolfite Upgrade Fuel Additive

Russell Fuelmeiser

SCATPAC Vacuum Vapor Induction System

Smith Power and Deceleration Governor

Sta-Power Fuel Additive

Stargas Fuel Additive

Super FUELMAX-Emission and Fuel Economy Report

Super FUELMAX-Fuel Economy and Emissions Data Analysis

Super FUELMAX Test Data

Super-Mag Fuel Extender


Tail Pipe Cat

Technoi G Fuel Additive


Treis Emulsifier



Turbo-Dyne G.R. Valve


V-70 Vapor Injector

Vareb10 Fuel Additive

Vitalizer III

Waag-Injection System

Wickliff Polarizer (fuel line and air intake)

XRG #1 Fuel Additive

Needless to state, if you are considering spending your cash on any of these snake oil gadgets, you'd be far better off burning your dollar bills in your engine!


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      Garry Hickson 3 years ago

      Hi I just stumbled on this site. I have tested a hell of a lot of so called fuel saving gadgets and power improving devices. The thing that I did find and documented was much like Hal has said don't waste your hard earned on them. I guess if they did work why don't we see them on every race car regardless of category. I am sure the racers would like every advantage even if it is small.

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      Max2deMAXX 7 years ago from Somewhere on the World's Largest Island


      How can Hal say that ALL of the fuel saving devices out there don't work.? There are hundreds if not thoudsands of fuel saving devices out there. I wonder if Hal has tried them all for him self?

      With fuel saving devices, just like with cars, computers, microwaves, shoes, energy dinks, ect. accually everything you buy, some things work better then others, some don't work at all, others work great.

      I my self have 5 different fuel saving devices on my car and they all work great.

      I have Magnets, and I did buy 3 different brands of them before I found the brand that works.

      I have a air intake vortex generator as well and the fourth brand I brought is the one that works the best on my car. The other two worked ok. but not as good as I hoped they would, one brand didn't work at all.

      The ones that didn't work I sent back and got my money back.

      I also have special spark plugs, the ones I am using are a second brand that I tried.

      I have a high performance air filter, with this one I guess I was lucky, the first brand I brought worked great.

      And finally I have Voltage Stabilizer (the one that you plug into your cars ciggarette lighter socket)

      I brought 4 different brands of them and out of those four I only got a good result with two of them, so I sent the other two back and got my money back. I kept the two that work on my car.

      I checked the EPA list provided on this site and did not see the name/brand of any of the 5 devices I got on my car. I saw the names of couple of the ones that I have returned.

      If any one wants proof, they can e-mail me and I'll let them know which devices and brands work, I know this due to trial and error. All of the devices that work, according to me YOU might say, come with money back garantee.

      Have a NICE DAY

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      infocity 7 years ago from United States

      Thats a nice advice for helping our planet, to make it more eco friendly. In regards to the care of vehicle i would say - do proper tire inflation, tune-up, oil change and please don’t leave your vehicle idling for long periods of time and FUEL CONDITIONING. Every one can Increase Fuel Efficiency ++ Reduce Carbon Footprint if they are using good fuel conditioners..

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      Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto

      The bozos at CNN who do "features" couldn't find their butts with both hands and a flashlight. A couple of months ago, I saw some fluff piece on some Southern yahoo good ol' boys who had this "mysterious" new technology that let their stock car run a zillion miles on eight drops of squirrel pee. CNN ran a three minute feature without ONCE asking how the damn thing worked, or looking under the hood, or having any rational automotive engineer comment on this. What a bunch of idiots!

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      g'day to you Hal. I wish I had your turn of words. Bloody funny!

      I guess it was pretty mild. Geez these crooks get my goat. I posted a similar thread to my blog and copped a big serve off another one of these "Experts" the other week. He tried to belittle me, but I think both his brain cells clashed and it was pretty pathetic to see him claim that as his product had been on CNN he had positive proof. I don't know about you but I think the Australian comedy about CNNandNandN painted a fair picture of their idea of the truth.

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      Hal Licino 9 years ago from Toronto

      Yes, welcome to the echelons of HubBlasters, earnestshub! Heck, at least he did apologize at one point for being rude and he didn't threaten your life or genitalia, so you've been on the much milder end of the spectrum. They never offer any real proof as there isn't a single shred to support any of their wild eyed theories. All they're trying to do is make a buck by pushing useless junk and they get very irate when anyone points out that there is absolutely not one iota of factual basis behind their hysterical hype. I'd just reply to him: J`men tabarnak de toi! :)

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Like to read one very angry reply to my hub on fuel savers being a load of.... ?

      It links to your page, but I guess he did not look at that, He certainly did not offer any proof as you point out, the never do.

      It is funny how deep people can hide their humanity to make a buck. This guy offers nothing to the discussion I know, but he sure adds some entetainment! 

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Spot on. i wrote a hubpage on the same subject before I saw your page.

      I will finish the article anyway, as these crooks need pulling up.

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      carhound 9 years ago from NC

      Nice hub. Very well done!

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      Nice compilation, Hal! :) I have a link to EPA test summary page, but I did not know EPA published the results by individual device, too.